Despicable moment bike-riding yob, 16, snatches mother's phone while she was taking pictures of her daughter in the street - in latest example of crime wave sweeping London

This is the despicable moment a 16-year-old bike-riding yob snatches a mother's phone as she was taking pictures of her daughter in the street.

The video, from February 25, shows the mother standing just off the curb on the yellow line in the road as her daughter poses for photos before the boy rides up from behind her and swipes the phone from her hand.

This is the latest example of the phone snatching crime wave that is sweeping the capital.

Figures have shown mobile phones reported as stolen in London every six minutes.

There were almost 91,000 phones snatched from Londoners in 2022, at an average of 248 a day, with only two per cent of the stolen devices recovered.

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In the video the mother can be seen taking pictures of her daughter in the street

In the video the mother can be seen taking pictures of her daughter in the street

The boy is then seen riding up from behind her and swipes the phone from her hand

The boy is then seen riding up from behind her and swipes the phone from her hand

The mother and daughter stand there in shock for a moment before attempting to chase the boy

The mother and daughter stand there in shock for a moment before attempting to chase the boy

Despite both the Metropolitan and City of London police forces telling MailOnline it was tackling the crime spree head-on.

The 16-year-old phone thief was caught out by police officers in Bethnal Green when they saw him throw a phone as they stopped him for attempting to steal property.

He was arrested and the phone was brought back to the police station.

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The savvy daughter set up an old iPhone to track the stolen phone and found it was at Bethnal Green Police Station. She went to pick it up but it was severely damaged from being launched by the phone snatcher.

The teenager pleaded guilty to phone theft at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 21 May.

He was electronically tagged and must remain at his home for four months between 7pm and 7am.

Police also excluded him from entering the City of London, Westminster, Kensington, Chelsea and Islington.

His parents or guardians were also ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation to the victim.

PC Monika Furmanska, from the City of London Police said: 'If you commit phone snatching in the City, you can expect to receive a robust response and expect the crime to be caught on our extensive network of cameras.

'In this instance it wasn’t possible for the victims to receive their phone back in the condition it was stolen, but we’re pleased to see the court award compensation for the phone’s worth.

She added: 'We’d urge members of the public to be aware of their surroundings when using mobile phones on the streets. If you use your phone, stand away from the curb and where possible have your back against a wall or shop front.'

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The City of London Police's targeted operation is disrupting phone snatching in the Square Mile.

The operation was started due to the worrying rise the force saw in phone snatching in 2022, which carried on into last and this year.

The force is even spraying criminals and their mopeds with a DNA spray in a bid to link them to crimes if they race away.

Shop owners suspected of buying stolen handsets have also been raided and the force has reintroduced a cycle team to help tackle phone snatchers.

The force has been seizing five illegal e-bikes and e-scooters every week that are known to be used by phone snatchers.

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